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The Ellie Margaret shrimp boat travels down the bayou fore the annual St. Bernard Blessing of the Fleet in St. Bernard, La., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Decorated shrimp, crab and fishing boats lined up to be blessed by Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

Louisiana’s fall inshore shrimp season will open Monday except in two areas where state marine biologists have found an abundance of small white shrimp.

Those two areas are the Biloxi Marsh and the Mermentau River Basin, which will open at 6 a.m. on Aug. 24.

The decision came during Thursday’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.

Shrimpers in Zone 1, from the Louisiana-Mississippi line west to the Mississippi River (except for the Biloxi Marsh); and Zone 3, from Freshwater Bayou west to the Louisiana-Texas border (except for the Mermentau Basin) can put their nets in the water at 6 a.m. Monday.

Zone 2, which runs from the Mississippi River west to Freshwater Bayou, will open at 6 p.m. Monday.

Opening of the fall season is based on on-water surveys by Wildlife and Fisheries personnel and is determined when at least 50% of the white shrimp are weighed at 100 to the pound or larger. White shrimp make up the bulk of the fall season’s catch.


Email Joe Macaluso at jmacaluso@theadvocate.com.